Tuesday, October 18, 2011

URGENT APPEAL FOR CAMBODIAN FLOOD VICTIMS & Update from Cambodia

It has been raining almost everyday since Pauline Johns and I arrived in Cambodia three weeks ago. These rains have made a devasting impact to the lives of so many in the rural areas.

Rice crops have also been severely damaged with rice prices already on the increase - making matters even worse for the population's poor.

Close to one million people have been affected by the present flood conditions in many rural areas and also in the cities.

A Mine Free World Foundation is seeking your help to provide IMMEDIATE AID for some of the tens of thousands of families throughout Cambodia that have been stranded in flood waters for several weeks now.



The worst flooding in over a decade has claimed the lives of close to 300 people so far. Rain is predicted for several more days.


Here, in Battambang province, the district of Moung Roussey has 2116 families in need of immediate clean water and food. Your generous donation will provide this through the efforts of the Cambodian Red Cross who we work closely on the ground with.

Moung Roussey Flood-Damaged Home-
Before-On Dry Land. Accessible Only By Boat Now
 Donations made through our PayPal Portal will get these much-needed funds to Cambodia quickly. Please indicate ‘for flood victims’ on your donation submission. Donate at: http://www.aminefreeworld.org/


It will take some time for the flood waters to recede, so donations made by cheque will still benefit these families as they struggle to put their lives back together.

Donations by cheque:

A Mine Free World Foundation

In Memo Field: 'for flood victims'

Mail to:

A Mine Free World Foundation

906 Fung Place, Kitchener, ON
N2A 4M3


Thank You For Your Help!
Lisa and Pauline, October, 18, 2011 - Battambang province, Cambodia...

The past three weeks have seen Pauline and I visit all our main project areas: Phnom Penh, Takeo and Battambang.


Lisa and Pauline Lend a Hand at the Groundbreaking for
Banyan Learning Tree School on the Outskirts of Phnom Penh
On October 10th, we arrived in Phnom Penh to attend the groundbreaking of Banyan Learning Tree (BLT) School located on the city outskirts. This two-storey cement construction will replace the existing 60 year-old decaying structure that was demolished last week. Patti Lee, Barbara Seagram and their Bridge Group from Toronto are raising the funds for this Canadian Landmine Foundation project. BLT School conducts many outreach projects for landmine survivors in Phnom Penh and Takeo province.

BLT will see two new one-room schools built in two Takeo villages – Prokeab and Bakot- this December when groups of students and adults arrive from the international organization RoundSquare (RSIS). RSIS is funding the building of both schools and fencing for the large school site at Prokeab village.

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Etobicoke and their generous donation that will provide upwards to 10 landmine-affected families in rural Takeo province with a self-sustainable business.

Here in Battambang, Pauline and I have been out to the Koas Krala villages implementing Canadian Landmine Foundation Housing projects for landmine-affected families. This project provides all the building materials for a landmine-affected family to rebuild their village home.

Landmine Survivor Widowed Ki Peng and Her Three Children
will receive materials to have a new home built with help from Family Members
All the above projects are conducted through A Mine Free World Foundation in Canada.


After a few days in Phnom Penh next week, I’ll be heading to Siem Reap to meet up with the first of two groups of district 7070 Ontario Rotarians arriving in Cambodia on their ‘Sweat Equity’ Trip http://sweatequityd7070.blogspot.com/

We had hoped to get out the villages numerous times this week, but it has rained daily. We travel to the villages on the back of small motorcycles on slick, muddy village roads – made even less safe in the sheeting, pouring rain. We travel with Sopheany Chhouen and Mr. Loeung Deun from the Cambodian Red Cross. They’ve been twice out to the villages in Moung Roussey district providing aid to over 1,000 flood-stranded families there.